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For Immediate Release

Contact:
November 17, 2010 Amanda Lyons, Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals & Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Capture
“6 Warrant Fugitive” Willie Jermaine Taylor

Greenville, SC – U.S. Marshals led fugitive Task Force Operation Intercept located and arrested Willie Jermaine Taylor at 214 High Valley Blvd. Greenville, SC on Tuesday, November 16th.  Taylor has outstanding warrants for the alleged charges of: Murder, Burglary in the First Degree, Kidnapping, Attempted Armed Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime stemming from an incident on October 18th in Traveler Rest, SC.  The warrants were issued by Greenville County on November 12th and the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office requested Operation Intercept assistance on November 15th. 

Operation Intercept’s investigation led Deputy Marshals and Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies to 214 High Valley Blvd. Greenville, SC.  Operation Intercept set up surveillance of the residence and observed Taylor leaving and returning on Tuesday.  Deputy Marshals and Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies took Taylor into custody without incident.  Upon searching the residence a stolen Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun and a small amount of marijuana was discovered in the attic.

Taylor has been booked into the Greenville County Jail and is awaiting upcoming court hearings.  U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington for the District of South Carolina stated: “Fugitives of this level are a high priority to get off the streets.  Our communities are a safer place because of this significant arrest.  I applaud the diligent work of all law enforcement involved and will continue to support any agency needing the U.S Marshals Operation Intercept assistance.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2009, the Marshals arrested more than 36,400 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants.  Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 90,800 state and local fugitives, clearing 117,000 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at www.usmarshals.gov.